Trainer David Jacobson and jockey Angel Cruz each began the 19-day Aqueduct Racetrack Spring meet with a hot start and both cruised to the finish line to win their respective titles as the meet came to a close on Sunday at the Big A.
Jacobson, who collected his third consecutive training title on the New York Racing Association, Inc. (NYRA) circuit, continued his dominance on the Aqueduct main track, primarily in claiming races. Jacobson sent out 13 winners from 45 starters at the stand, good for a 28.8 percent win rate, while earning $490,011 in purses.
Kiaran McLaughlin and Chad Brown dead-heated for second with eight victories. McLaughlin's meet included a major triumph in the Grade 1, $1 million Twinspires.com Wood Memorial, which he won with Kentucky Derby hopeful Frosted. Brown's Spring meet was anchored by 3-year-old colt March's victory in the Grade 3, $300,000 Bay Shore.
Angel Cruz, with 20 wins earned his first-ever meet title on the NYRA circuit, holding off Irad Ortiz, Jr. who finished in second with 20 wins and Manuel Franco in third with 19. With the majority of his mounts on Jacobson horses, Cruz dominated the claiming races en route to his first meet title.
Jacobson also ended the meet as leading owner at the stand followed by Michael Dubb and Godolphin Stable.
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